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Fabrice Muamba cardiac arrest used in British Heart Foundation advert

Muamba's cardiac arrest to be shown in new British Heart Foundation TV advert

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Cardiac arrest: Muamba is treated on the pitch at White Hart Lane in March 2012

Cardiac arrest: Muamba is treated on the pitch at White Hart Lane in March 2012

Cardiac arrest victim Patrice Muamba helps to promote the Great…

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The 39-second ad is to be shown on ITV and Channel 4 from Saturday, and Sky Sports during the Tottenham and Manchester City match on Sunday.

Medics had to give Muamba 15 shocks to get his heart pumping again when he collapsed during an FA Cup clash with Tottenham last March.

The advert shows players – including Spurs' William Gallas and Benoit Assou-Ekotto – looking distressed as Muamba lies motionless on the pitch.

Speaking over the emotional scenes, BHF Research Professor Mark Kearney tells viewers: 'I hate my job. I hate the misery heart disease brings.

Tributes: Football fans around the world joined forces to wish Muamba well

Tributes: Football fans around the world joined forces to wish Muamba well

Tributes: Football fans around the world joined forces to wish Muamba well

'It lurks among the places you least expect – it takes the young and the fit and it does not discriminate. But we are fighting back.'

Bolton's club doctor Dr Jonathan Tobin revealed Muamba was 'effectively dead' for 78 minutes when he suffered the cardiac arrest.

He was taken to the London Chest Hospital, in Bethnal Green, East London, and spent a month in intensive care.

Muamba later announced his retirement from football on medical grounds, and thanked the doctors that saved him, adding: 'I thank God that I am alive.'

Emotional return: Muamba thanks fans at the Reebok Stadium in May 2012

Emotional return: Muamba thanks fans at the Reebok Stadium in May 2012

The match was abandoned at 1-1.

BHF Medical Director Professor Peter Weissberg today said: 'We are grateful to Fabrice for allowing us to share his story in a hard-hitting campaign that highlights the potential devastation of heart disease.

'With the support of researchers and heart patients like Fabrice, the Fight For Every Heartbeat campaign centres on the transformational research that will combat heart disease.'

Leo Fernandes, a painter and decorator who had a heart attack at 46 and also features in the ad, said: 'The truth is heart disease affects everyone.'

Muamba – a dad of one – joined the Arsenal academy in 2002 before moving to Birmingham, then Bolton in 2008.

Keeping busy: Muamba is unveiled as the honourary starter of the BUPA Great Manchester Run this week

Keeping busy: Muamba is unveiled as the honourary starter of the BUPA Great Manchester Run this week

This is not the first time the BHF have used a professional footballer in their adverts in a bid to widen their appeal.

Footballer-turned actor Vinnie Jones famously demonstrated how to do life-saving CPR to the Bee Gees' tune Stayin' Alive.

The BHF today released new research about heart disease to coincide with the launch of the latest advert.

Their figures show people living in poor areas of Britain are 2.87 times more likely to suffer heart disease than those from wealthier areas.

Experts say this is likely to be because people living in these areas are more likely to smoke.

West Ham Bobby Moore tribute: Grandchildren lead teams out at Upton Park

'20 years gone, never forgotten': West Ham pay tribute to Moore as grandchildren lead teams out at Upton Park

By
Andy James

PUBLISHED:

17:56 GMT, 25 February 2013

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UPDATED:

22:17 GMT, 25 February 2013

Bobby Moore's grandchildren led the teams out before West Ham entertained Tottenham in the Barclays Premier League at Upton Park on Monday night as his former club marked the 20th anniversary of his death.

Poppy, 21, Freddie, 16, and 13-year-old Ava placed the ball on the spot for the kick-off and fans of both clubs provided an impeccably-observed minute's applause for England's 1966 World Cup-winning captain who died of cancer aged 51 on February 24, 1993.

Emotional night: Moore's grandchildren Poppy (left) Freddie (centre) and Ava (right) lead West Ham and Spurs out at Upton Park

Emotional night: Moore's grandchildren Poppy (left) Freddie (centre) and Ava (right) lead West Ham and Spurs out at Upton Park

Emotional night: Moore's grandchildren Poppy (left) Freddie (centre) and Ava (right) lead West Ham and Spurs out at Upton Park

West Ham fans also held aloft cards making up a mosaic reading 'Moore 6'.

West Ham also made a special tribute to Moore on their shirts, with the words: ‘Bobby Moore OBE, 20 YEARS GONE, NEVER FORGOTTEN’ stitched on the front.

Hammers stars were seen training in shirts paying tribute to Moore last week.

Tribute: West Ham players wore a shirt paying respect to the late Bobby Moore

Tribute: West Ham players wore a shirt paying respect to the late Bobby Moore

Tribute: West Ham players wore a shirt paying respect to the late Bobby Moore

Six of the best: Fans lifted cards to unveil a mosaic reading 'Moore 6'

Six of the best: Fans lifted cards to unveil a mosaic reading 'Moore 6'

Six of the best: Fans lifted cards to unveil a mosaic reading 'Moore 6'

A 100-page programme was also on sale with 50p from each one sold going towards the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK.

Moore's family, club officials and
supporters gathered to pay tribute on Sunday with his former West Ham
and World Cup-winning team-mate Martin Peters and club co-chairman David
Gold attending a wreath-laying ceremony at the World Cup 'Champions'
statue near West Ham's ground.

Minute's applause: Fans and players remembered Moore before the start of the game

Minute's applause: Fans and players remembered Moore before the start of the game

Minute's applause: Fans and players remembered Moore before the start of the game

Watching brief: Moore's daughter Roberta and his grandchildren watch on from the sidelines

Watching brief: Moore's daughter Roberta and his grandchildren watch on from the sidelines

'He was our England World Cup-winning
captain, but also more personally for all of us here at West Ham, a
legend at our club and always will be,' Gold said.

'It
was great to see so many West Ham fans turn out in what was bitterly
cold weather. But they wanted to pay their respects to a man we hold
very dear at this club.'

Moore
played 646 times for West Ham between 1958 and 1974, leading them to
victory in the 1964 FA Cup final and 1965 European Cup Winners' Cup
final.

Tribute: Martin Peters laid a wreath at the 'legends' statue as Moore's family watched on

Tribute: Martin Peters laid a wreath at the 'legends' statue as Moore's family watched on

Tribute: Martin Peters laid a wreath at the 'legends' statue as Moore's family watched on

Club legend: Bobby Moore played over 500 games for West Ham

Club legend: Bobby Moore played over 500 games for West Ham

West Ham to wear shirts paying tribute to Bobby Moore for clash against Tottenham

West Ham to wear shirts paying tribute to Moore for clash against Tottenham

By
Dan Ripley

PUBLISHED:

17:56 GMT, 25 February 2013

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UPDATED:

18:07 GMT, 25 February 2013

West Ham will unveil a special tribute to Bobby Moore on their shirts this evening for their Premier League match with Tottenham.

Last Sunday marked 20 years since the former England captain, who spent the majority of his career at Upton Park, passed away following a battle with cancer.

Tribute: West Ham players will wear a match shirt paying respect to the late Bobby Moore

Tribute: West Ham players will wear a match shirt paying respect to the late Bobby Moore

The Hammers, as well as the Football Association, marked the weekend with their respective tributes and now the West Ham players will wear a match strip with the words ‘Bobby Moore OBE, 20 YEARS GONE, NEVER FORGOTTEN’ stitched on the front.

West Ham stars have already been seen training in shirts paying tribute to Moore last week, and the meeting against London rivals Spurs will see the club pay further respects to the defender who played over 500 games for the Hammers and featured 108 times for England – lifting the World Cup in 1966.

There will be a minute’s applause before kick-off and a 100-page programme also on sale with 50p from each one sold going towards the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK.

Fans in the Bobby Moore stand will also be invited to take part in displaying a mosaic depicting his famous No 6 shirt before kick-off.

Raise awareness: West Ham's Andy Carroll trains in a Bobby Moore shirt

Raise awareness: West Ham's Andy Carroll trains in a Bobby Moore shirt

Club legend: Bobby Moore played over 500 games for West Ham

Club legend: Bobby Moore played over 500 games for West Ham

United fans the most generous in the country… no, this isn"t a joke

United fans are the most generous in the Premier League… and no, that's not a joke!

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UPDATED:

11:17 GMT, 18 August 2012

Manchester United fans don't always receive a positive press, but they certainly will do here after topping a 'League of Giving' for football supporters.

United fans have been revealed to be the most generous in the Premier League, giving an average 30.03 to charity a month.

Fan-tastic: United supporters celebrate the club's 19th league title last year

Fan-tastic: United supporters celebrate the club's 19th league title last year

Overall, fans gave an average of 15 a month, according to a survey of more than 1,000 supporters conducted by the Charities Aid Foundation.

Richard Harrison, CAF director of research, said: 'The fact that
football fans give 15 a month to good causes is excellent news for
charity.

'While all the pre-season talk has been about huge transfer fees and
mammoth wages, it's great to know that fans care about good causes as
well as the action on the pitch.'

The league of giving…

1 Manchester United 30.03
2 Manchester City 27.78
3 Tottenham 22.77
4 Newcastle 20.99
5 Southampton 16.86
6 Aston Villa 16.76
7 Liverpool 16.07
8 Fulham 15.83
9 Chelsea 15.51
10 West Brom 14.17

11 Norwich 13.98
12 Sunderland 12.66
13 Wigan 12.58
14 Reading 10.55
15 West Ham 10.49
16 Queens Park Rangers 10.48
17 Everton 9.62
18 Arsenal 9.45
19 Swansea 8.96
20 Stoke 6.53

* Market research firms Research Now and Lake questioned 1,067 football supporters between July 31 and August 12

ICC recommend universal DRS use

At last! India could be forced into using DRS as ICC recommend universal use

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UPDATED:

18:31 GMT, 25 June 2012

The International Cricket Council chief executives' committee have recommended universal application of the Decision Review System.

An ICC statement released on Monday confirmed that the committee (CEC) had made the recommendation – which has to be ratified by the ICC board – after being satisfied with the technology enhancements provided by new Hotspot cameras and the results of independent research on ball tracking.

New and improved: The ICC are happy with Hotspot

New and improved: The ICC are happy with Hotspot

The Decision Review System (DRS) has caused controversy, with India being firmly against it and refusing to use it in last summer's Test series against England.

Nonetheless, the CEC are recommending that, subject to members' ability to finance and obtain the required technology, DRS should be mandatory for all Tests and one-day internationals.

ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said: 'We have made good progress in independently testing ball tracking and the new enhancements has resulted in the CEC unanimously supporting the ICC cricket committee's recommendation to universally apply the DRS in all Test matches and ODIs.'

Ratified: The ICC are also happy with the result of an independent review of the ball-tracking system

Ratified: The ICC are also happy with the result of an independent review of the ball-tracking system

The CEC also reconfirmed the necessity for all member boards to have in place and implement domestic anti-corruption codes – stressing in particular the need for the Bangladesh Cricket Board and Sri Lanka Cricket to incorporate such codes – and said it did not object to the principle of a six-match Twenty20 international series between Pakistan and Australia, who are set to clash in the United Arab Emirates in August.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had requested support for the six-match format, requiring special dispensation from the CEC and then the ICC board as current regulations permit only three T20s in a series.

Monday's statement confirmed that 'because of the extreme daytime heat in the UAE at that time of the year, the CEC raised no objections to the principle of a six-match T20 series replacing the scheduled series of three ODIs and three T20s should the PCB elect to make that switch.'

The CEC meeting forms part of this week's ICC annual conference in Kuala Lumpur. The recommendations now go forward for consideration by the ICC board, which meets on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Harry Redknapp to tee off at Seve Day in honour of Seve Ballesteros

Redknapp set to join all-star cast at The Belfry in honour of late great Seve

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UPDATED:

16:47 GMT, 12 June 2012

Teeing off: Harry Redknapp

Teeing off: Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp has joined an all-star cast of sporting icons and celebrities who are taking part in the inaugural Seve Day, a new event in honour of late golf great Seve Ballesteros.

Three-time Open champion and double Masters winner Ballesteros tragically lost his battle with brain cancer last May, aged 54.

Following the one-year anniversary of
the legendary Spaniard's death, a European-wide tournament has been
set-up by YourGolfTravel.com in partnership with the Seve Ballesteros
Foundation and Cancer Research UK to raise funds for both charities.

Golfers
from all walks are being invited to join the likes of Ian Wright, Kevin
Keegan, Sir Clive Woodward, Michael Vaughan and Chris Eubank at The
Belfry – where Seve famously celebrated three Ryder Cup victories.

But to stake their claim for a place in October's grand final they must achieve one of the top 72 handicap stapleford scores from all tournament entrants.

Golf-mad Redknapp revealed he can't wait to support the cause.

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He said: 'I'm a 14-handicapper, average golfer but I'm really looking forward to playing in the Seve Day.'

Organiser Ross Marshall added: 'Seve Day is a great way for us to celebrate the life of Seve, raise money for a great cause and play in a tournament where you have to take risks and play like the great man himself in order to shoot low and qualify for the grand Seve Day final.'

A host of top golf stars have also pledged their support with Justin Rose and Ian Poulter both signing up to Seve Day.

Rose said: 'Seve has been a hero to me all my life. Seve's style of play continues to inspire me, and golfers all over the world, but there will never be another Seve.'

For more information on Seve Day, visit: www.seveday.com

Euro 2012: England set for 100k bonus

Hodgson's men to get 100k each for Euro 2012 triumph… but charities will also benefit

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UPDATED:

21:06 GMT, 2 June 2012

England's players stand to earn more than 100,000 each if they manage to pull off an unlikely championship win at Euro 2012.

Sources close to the FA have confirmed that a pay structure has been put in place after an agreement was reached with squad members, including current and former captains Steven Gerrard and John Terry.

The bonus payments will be heavily weighted towards the team reaching the knockout stages. In addition to the bonus money, England’s players will each receive appearance fees of 1,500 for a win, 1,000 for a draw and 750 for a defeat during the tournament.

In the money: The England squad will land 100k each for winning Euro 2012

In the money: The England squad will land 100k each for winning Euro 2012

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The players are set to pay these fees and personal appearance fees, worth an estimated 10,000-15,000 each, to the team’s charity fund. The England Footballers Foundation support Cancer Research, Help for Heroes and the Outreach Programme.

France are reported to have lined up bonuses of 290,000 each if they take home the trophy, while Germany will see their players pocket almost 250,000 each if they win Euro 2012. The German players have, however, agreed to waive bonuses if they are knocked out at the group stage.

UEFA have confirmed that almost 160m will be distributed to the 16 teams taking part. Each country will receive a basic 6m, with performance bonuses at the group stage of 400,000 per draw and 800,000 per win, as well as a bonus of 800,000 for the teams finishing third in the groups.

The team who lift the trophy could pocket up to 18.4million

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Things are shaping up nicely in Poland for Hodgson and England

Things are shaping up nicely in Poland for Hodgson and England

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UPDATED:

21:31 GMT, 22 May 2012

Below you can see the immaculate surface waiting to greet Roy Hodgson and his England squad in Krakow.

Hodgson’s predecessor Fabio Capello was criticised for setting up England’s Euro 2012 camp in Poland when their group games are in Ukraine.

But the FA insisted pitch quality was the key factor, and the players will not be disappointed when they report for training at the Stadion Suche Stawy next week.

Now and then: The training facilities in May 2012 and below, in November 2011

Now and then: The training facilities in May 2012 and below, in November 2011

Before the changes to the facilities

The original pitch – worn and muddy in patches – was removed and the Sports Turf Research Institute nurtured another one from seed to Barclays Premier League standard. STRI made the acclaimed pitches at England’s World Cup base in South Africa and their engineers worked through Poland’s coldest winter in 40 years to deliver the new pitch on time.

The six-figure revamp of the 6,500-capacity stadium, home to Hutnik Nowa Huta of Poland’s fifth tier, was funded by the FA and the city of Krakow and includes new changing areas, showers and bathrooms.

Hawk-Eye goal-line technology as testing begins at Southampton

Hawk-Eye chief coy on timescale of goal-line technology as testing begins at St Mary's

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UPDATED:

16:55 GMT, 10 May 2012

Hawk-Eye managing director Steve
Carter believes their goal-line technology is on course to be licensed
by FIFA, but would not speculate on its use in the Premier League next
season.

The British company and German-Danish
firm GoalRef are vying to be approved as authorised suppliers of
goal-line technology and were chosen for the next testing phase by the
International Football Association Board (IFAB).

Spot the ball: EMPA officials (Swiss Federal Laboraties for Materials Science and Technology) test the Hawk-Eye Goal Line Technology system at St Mary's Stadium

Spot the ball: EMPA officials (Swiss Federal Laboraties for Materials Science and Technology) test the Hawk-Eye Goal Line Technology system at St Mary's Stadium

EMPA officials (Swiss Federal Laboraties for Materials Science and Technology)

The second phase of testing on Hawk-Eye's system began at the St Mary's Stadium in Southampton on Thursday, where independent body Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research (EMPA) undertook on-field research.

The process will continue on Friday and next week the system will be tried in the Hampshire Senior Cup final between Eastleigh and AFC Totton, with another match to be tested as well before the IFAB decide on July 2 whether to approve the system.

'It is tremendously exciting and it will be the highest profile and biggest sport that we do if we're successful,' Carter said.

A football is fired at a wooden mannequin to test the Hawk-Eye Goal Line Technology system

Under scrutiny: A football is fired at a wooden mannequin to test the Hawk-Eye Goal Line Technology system

'FIFA have appointed an independent scientific research institution called EMPA and they basically set a series of tests that we need to perform against.

'Subject to Hawk-Eye passing those tests, hopefully we will be approved for use as an official goal-line technology adjudicator.

'All of the results are confidential. We don't get to find out, but every indication is that everything is running very smoothly.'

EMPA officials (Swiss Federal Laboraties for Materials Science and Technology) fire a football at a wooden mannequin

EMPA officials (Swiss Federal Laboraties for Materials Science and Technology) fire a football at a wooden mannequin

Hawk-Eye's system uses seven high-speed cameras at each end of the ground to calculate a three-dimensional position of the ball, while GoalRef uses a chip in the ball which is monitored by magnetic fields in the goal.

Both could be available for the start of next season if approved by the IFAB, but Carter was keen not to talk about timescales.

'It varies from ground to ground on how long it takes to install the system,' he said.

Net result: EMPA officials study the results

Net result: EMPA officials study the results

'At the moment all of our concentration and energy is on doing as well as we can, making the technology as good as possible and making sure that we get excellent results from phase two.

'The roll out of that technology is something we have a lot of experience in through our work with cricket and tennis, but it is not something we are focusing on at the moment.'

Asked if it was feasible to have it in place for the start of the 2012/13 season, he added: “It is impossible for me to say right now.

'You would have to survey the grounds and there would be a lot of logistical things that we would need to go through and at the moment I don't have that information.'

Sir Bobby Robson statue to be unveiled at Newcastle

Sir Bobby statue to be unveiled before Newcastle take on Manchester City

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UPDATED:

10:02 GMT, 26 April 2012

Newcastle are to honour former manager Sir Bobby Robson by unveiling a new statue at St James' Park.

The nine-and-a-half-foot bronze sculpture will stand at the south-west corner of the stadium.

It will be unveiled before the Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester City on Sunday, May 6 with Sir Bobby's widow, Lady Elsie, and her family in attendance.

Legend: Sir Bobby Robson will have a statue at St James' Park

Legend: Sir Bobby Robson will have a statue at St James' Park

The statue, sculpted by Tom Maley, has been commissioned by the club to celebrate the former England manager's five-year reign, which saw the Magpies finish fourth, third and fifth in successive seasons and reach the second group stage of the Champions League and the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup.

Managing director Derek Llambias said: 'We are delighted to be able to honour Sir Bobby Robson with this lasting tribute.

'He was a great man and ambassador for this football club and for the city.

'He achieved great success during his time as manager of Newcastle United and this statue is a fitting way for the club to remember him.'

Remembered: Sir Bobby's wife Lady Elsie at St James' Park where thousands of tributes were left following the former Newcastle manager's death in 2009

Remembered: Sir Bobby's wife Lady Elsie at St James' Park where thousands of tributes were left following the former Newcastle manager's death in 2009

Lady Elsie will be joined by members of her husband's squad and staff, current boss Alan Pardew and his coaching team and representatives from the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, the charity he founded to raise money to fund cancer research.

Lady Elsie said: 'It's very fitting that there will be a tribute to Bob outside Newcastle United's ground. This is where his love of football began.

'As a boy, he would come here with his dad and he likely queued to get into the ground where the statue will be sited.

'My husband's career took him all over the world, but he was always a Newcastle fan at heart. He loved this club and was very proud to be its manager.

'I think the statue design is wonderful and I'm very grateful to Newcastle United for funding it.'